Is the Miami Dolphins Offense Lacking Speed?

Danny DolphinAnalyst IOctober 27, 2010

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27:  Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball on a kick off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 27, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Ted Ginn Jr.'s tenure with the Miami Dolphins was like an EKG machine. There were wild ups and downs, but ultimately it wasn’t meant to be.

He was taken No. 9 overall in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft to become the type of player that could impact a game on one play. He was supposed to be a dynamic speed receiver, which is an oxymoron in itself because receiver implies he’s supposed to catch something, and that rarely happened. He made more of an impact in the return game, but that’s another matter altogether.

He did make some plays on offense, however, including a couple of bombs for touchdowns that gave Dolphin fans some hope. Despite his inefficiencies, he added a dimension.

After cutting ties with Ginn this summer for a fifth-round pick, Miami upgraded with superstar receiver Brandon Marshall. Everything was supposed to get better. The passing game has certainly improved in areas like drops, but now something else is missing. Speed.

The Dolphins offense led by Chad Henne could really use use a receiver to stretch the field and keep the defense honest. Marshall is a fantastic receiver, but he isn’t a big factor deep down the field. He is a possession receiver who is going to tear a defense apart within 20 yards from the line of scrimmage.

We saw the impact that a speed receiver can bring last weekend when Steelers’ wideout Mike Wallace torched the Miami secondary for a 53-yard touchdown. Plays like that impact a game like no other.

Sure Davone Bess has some of the best hands in football. He might be super quick, but he doesn’t beat people down the field. The same can be said for Brian Hartline, Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore could be that guy but we haven’t seen enough of them to make an assessment.

Interestingly, tight-end Anthony Fasano has the highest yards per catch on Miami’s roster at 14.1 a clip. He doesn’t exactly strike you as a burner, does he?

To have the capability of scoring from anywhere on one play makes an offense dangerous and places a fear within the defense.

Henne can effectively throw the deep ball. He isn’t a Tom Brady, who is going to dink down the field with incredible accuracy. He needs that big play capability.

The Miami passing game needs to go vertical. Not only would it give them the big play dynamic, but it would open up the running game as well.

To truly unleash Henne, he needs a speedster on the outside to fully accentuate his strengths as a young passer. Then and only then will this offense live up to their potential.